5 must-reads on payer-provider relationships

Here are five recent articles posted by Becker's Hospital Review that concern payer-provider relationships:

1. Sutter Health, Anthem sign new contract
Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health reached a new agreement with Anthem Blue Cross of California, the companies said March 20.

2. Christus hospitals out of network with Cigna
Christus Health hospitals in Texas and Louisiana are no longer in Cigna's provider network, the Irving, Texas-based health system said on its website.

3. How 5 employers took on healthcare costs from 1997 to today   
Companies like Walmart, Intel and Boeing are creating or have launched value-based programs that aim to lower healthcare costs through direct-to-provider agreements.

4. BCBS Association: It's too late for UPMC to join federal antitrust lawsuit against BCBS plans
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association asked a court to deny UPMC's request to join a lawsuit that argues 36 BCBS insurers unlawfully conspired to divide markets and avoid competition with one another.

5. Payers drag feet on prior authorization reform, physicians say    
The majority of health plans aren't "making meaningful progress" on prior authorization reforms, according to a physician survey released by the American Medical Association.

More articles on payers:
Aetna to close another prescription delivery hub, cut 138 jobs
Fake health insurer still charging members millions, FTC says
Judge grants Aetna's motion to dismiss disability benefits lawsuit

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